Making Democracy Work

Local Program 2015-2016

The Local Program Positions for the LWV Schenectady County.

Justice and the Law

Support improvements to the local criminal justice system by:
  • strengthening the Probation Department and rehabilitation programs in the County.
  • facilitating the implementation of alternative courts (problem solving courts) in Schenectady County and promoting collaborations to support them.
  • monitoring the juvenile justice system including Family Court and promoting community-based rehabilitation
  • Local Government

  • Monitor activities of county governmental units, including town boards, the Schenectady City Council and the Schenectady County Legislature, monitor activities of other quasi-governmental units, public authorities and agencies such as Metroplex, IDAs and Planning Boards, monitor activities of elected public Boards of Education.
  • Support standards of high professional qualifications and political nonpartisanship in manager form of government.
  • Evaluate opportunities for inter-municipal cooperation and examine options for the consolidation of governmental services in Schenectady County.
  • Children at Risk

  • Collaborate with other organizations to identify the needs of children in Schenectady County, facilitate programs on their behalf and educate the community about their needs and challenges.
  • Local Education

  • Monitor local initiatives related to schools and promote and advocate for adequate and equitable funding for all school districts so students can reach their potential.
  • Environmental Issues

    Support the protection of environmental resources, land, water and air in Schenectady County:
  • Advocate for the protection of water resources in the County.
  • Promote understanding of global climate change and support efforts to mitigate its effects.
  • Support energy conservation and development of renewable energy alternatives.
  • Support solid waste management programs that increase reuse and recycling in the County and City.
  • Health Services

  • Educate and advocate for national/state/local health care reform that provides quality physical and mental health care for all citizens.
  • Educate our membership and others about long term care standards and develop recommendations for local options.
  • Encourage and support countywide comprehensive health care planning and access to health care.